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Chiefs headlines for Saturday, February 15
Brady admitted he let the Chiefs pass rusher get under his skin and noted that he “typically” does not let the trash talk affect him. This time, Brady said, he “couldn’t really resist.”
Apparently, the 25-year-old lineman went after Brady’s advanced age.
“If they’re on the ground, you call him an old-ass motherf–ker or ‘Get your old ass up’ or ‘You need to f–king retire,’” Jones said. “Brady got up so f–king fast, that’s the quickest I’ve ever seen Brady move.”
Kansas City Chiefs
It’s tough to imagine the Chiefs need anything coming off of a 13-3 season and a victory in Super Bowl LIV, but head coach Andy Reid will be the first to remind you there are still areas they need to improve upon. The cornerback position is one of them, and they’ve tried several times in recent seasons to solve that problem. Veteran cornerback Morris Claiborne did little to contribute last season and fellow former Cowboys starter Orlando Scandrick became a failed experiment as well, as the Chiefs continued to mine the veteran free agency pool for answers. Adding Norman for depth wouldn’t be a bad idea, but he’d need to be OK with likely playing backup.
Barring a re-signing, the players set to hit the open market are defensive tackle Chris Jones, defensive end Terrell Suggs, fullback Anthony Sherman, running back LeSean McCoy, defensive tackle Mike Pennel, wide receiver Demarcus Robinson, defensive tackle Xavier Williams, cornerback Kendall Fuller, safety Jordan Lucas, defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah, cornerback Bashaud Breeland, linebacker Reggie Ragland, quarterback Matt Moore, guard Stefen Wisniewski, cornerback Morris Claiborne, tight end Blake Bell, running back Spencer Ware, quarterback Chad Henne, linebacker Darron Lee and cornerback Keith Reaser.
Helping to find Andy Reid
”Of my list of hires, Andy is the one I am most proud of,” said Banner who ran the Eagles from 1995 to 2012, was president of the Browns from 2012 to 2013 and has consulted with the Falcons and other teams on more recent hires. “He had been working in Green Bay for eight years under Ron Wolf, a Hall of Fame GM and they were looking for head coach, too, and he doesn’t even interview Andy. And there were eight other teams looking for a head coach, and not one even took a look at Andy. And to be honest, he blew us away in the interview, and we were sold, and I don’t know how Ron Wolf skipped over him. He hired Ray Rhodes instead and he was gone in a year.”
Round 1 – Pick 32
Tyler Biadasz OL
Kansas City’s defense grew by leaps and bounds in 2019 with key contributions from stars like Tyrann Mathieu, Chris Jones and Frank Clark. They are not perfect on that side of the ball but the growth allows them to re-direct assets back towards the interior offensive line. Biadasz remains the top center for me and an anchor of that offensive line.
Devonta Freeman cut, signs with the Chiefs
Freeman missed most of 2018 due to injury and struggled with only 3.6 yards per carry last season. Atlanta is in salary cap hell and could save significant money by cutting Freeman. While Freeman might not have much of a market if he’s cut loose, his versatility with three seasons of 54-plus catches would be attractive for a team like the Chiefs. Andy Reid could use Freeman in tandem with Super Bowl hero Damien Williams to make an even more versatile backfield.
Around the NFL
There was some thought that perhaps reuniting with Rivera could have rejuvenated the veteran corner. But with Norman due $12.5 million in 2020, the Redskins weren’t willing to shell out that kind of cash for an aging CB. Washington will save all $12.5 million but jettisoning Norman, with $3 million in dead money.
In what could portend as a wave of the future, the Broncos are not sending their assistant coaches to the scouting combine in Indianapolis this year because they believe there’s a better use of their time watching film back in Denver, league sources told ESPN on Friday.
Additionally, the Rams are not sending their offensive and defensive coordinators, Kevin O’Connell and Brandon Staley, to the combine because they would rather have them in Los Angeles, implementing the team’s new offensive and defensive schemes, sources said.
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In a perfect world, the Chiefs would simply spend whatever it took to retain Jones with long-term deal — but when the Chiefs’ actual world revolves around having quarterback Patrick Mahomes on the roster for his entire career, that might not be possible. And with only five picks in April’s NFL draft, even a second-round pick for the Chiefs could make a huge difference. A year ago, Chiefs general manager Brett Veach scored big with picks 56 and 63. What could he do with picks 32, 44 and 63?
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